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Publish it yourself

You've written a book and now you want to publish it. "Let me count the ways ...."

How to publish a Kindle book with Amazon.com : everything you need to know explained simply
by Cynthia Reeser.
Ocala, Fla. : Atlantic Pub. Group, c2011.
In this how-to guide for authors, Reeser, editor of a literary journal, explains all aspects of electronic publishing, from generating ideas to obtaining an ISBN and getting paid by Amazon. The book begins with an overview of the history of electronic publishing and digital books and a description of Amazon's Kindle electronic reader and its features, then explains step-by-step how to create and publish Kindle e-books, blogs, newspapers, and magazines using Amazon's digital text platform. Other areas covered include marketing and promotion, copyright, security issues, self-employment taxes, and accounting. A final chapter recommends ways to stay abreast of changes in the industry with social media tools and online forums. Appendices offer a list of links to online Kindle resources, a list of websites and blogs related to digital publishing, a primer on HTML, and a sample review slip, review query, and press release. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
     
The indie author guide : self-publishing strategies anyone can use
April L. Hamilton.
Cincinnati, Ohio : Writer's Digest Books, c2010.
This book offers aspiring self-published authors a roadmap to success by giving them exclusive insight to the latest technology and step-by-step instructions for making the most of it. With eBooks, print on demand and the power of Web 2.0, authors and micro-publishers finally have the means at their disposal to publish their own books and go indie, just as filmmakers and musicians have done before them. This book takes you through every stage of the self-publishing process, including illustrated, detailed, step-by-step instructions on publishing options, getting organized, creating your own brand, DIY formatting for POD, editing and revising, designing your own book cover, publishing for the Kindle, publishing through CreateSpace, publishing to other eBook formats, promotion methods, and HTML.
     
The complete guide to self publishing : everything you need to know to write, publish, promote, and sell your own book
Marlyn Ross & Sue Collier.
Cincinnati, Ohio : Writer's Digest Books, c2010.
Take Control of Your Destiny! Bottom line: You want to get published. You want to control the future of your manuscript and your writing career. Best-selling author Marilyn Ross and publishing expert Sue Collier show you how to make your own success —whether you're a published author, entrepreneur, corporation, professional, or absolute newcomer to writing. In this expanded and completely revised 5th edition of the "bible" of self-publishing (over 100,000 copies sold), they empower you to publish your own work with minimal risk and maximum profits. You'll find: Complete step-by-step guidance on publishing and marketing a book Ways to leverage social media marketing to build your platform and make yourself stand out from the crowd A thorough explanation of the difference between POD self-publishing, subsidy publishing, and true self-publishing—and how to decide which is the best option for you Practical advice on making the decision between offset printing and print-on-demand How to leverage the Internet to create "buzz" and promote your book with killer PR The latest information on e-publishing A detailed marketing plan and timetable to keep you on track Proven marketing strategies to get free publicity, reach nontraditional buyers, and sell books Information-packed appendices with marketing contacts, organizations, and vendors, complete with names, addresses, and Web sites Valuable case studies and examples of how other publishers excel Dozens of tips and resources for publishing and selling books in Canada An in-depth discussion of exclusive distributors, plus coverage of the most recent changes in bookstores and the book-selling industry Thirty-one creative ideas for generating capital to launch your publishing company The Complete Guide to Self-Publishingis the one book you need to take control of your writing career. Read it. Believe it. Do it. Your future depends on it.
     
Publish your family history : preserving your heritage in a book
by Susan Yates and Greg Ioannou.
Toronto : Genealogist's Reference Shelf, c2010.

Many people want to write a family history, but few ever take on the job of publishing one. If you've done the research, and you want to make a book from it, then Publish Your Family Historyis for you. It will tell you all the fundamentals of book production, together with the important details that distinguish a home-published book from a homemade one. You'll learn:

  • how to get your manuscript ready for production;
  • design ideas for the pages and the cover;
  • methods of making pages with or without a computer and printing those pages quickly and inexpensively; and
  • ideas on bindings that last and look great.

Even if time is at a premium, you're not comfortable with computer technology, or the budget is tight, you'll learn how to publish a professional-looking family history of your own!

     
The economical guide to self-publishing : how to produce and market your book on a budget
by Linda Foster Radke ; foreword by Dan Poynter.
Chandler, AZ : Five Star Publications, 2009.
Radke, a publishing consultant and small press publisher, offers a second edition of her guidebook for authors who want to self-publish. The author fills in the gaps in writers' knowledge of what it takes to publish one's own work. The variety of topics includes obtaining a copyright and ISBN number, equipment, printing, payment and shipping, promotion and marketing, and media and mailing lists. The appendix includes a collection of useful publications and associations. There is no index. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
     
The self-publishing manual. Volume II : how to write, print, and sell your own book employing the latest technologies and the newest techniques
Dan Poynter.
Santa Barbara : Para Pub., c2009.
Book publishing is changing. The Self-Publishing Manual, Volume 2, the sequel to the best selling Self Publishing Manual describes how to use new techniques to write your book even faster, use new technology to publish it for less, and how to use social media for promotion.
     

You can do everything yourself, subcontract all or part of it, or find a publisher to buy your book. It may be done through a contract in which you pay for printing a set number of books and take delivery of them to distribute.

A good way to begin is to talk and listen to other authors who have published their own books. Their experiences will be invaluable.

Who might consider self-publishing?

  • A business owner wanting to promote ideas or to market the company.
  • A family history to be shared with other family members.
  • A biography the may have a limited, but interested, audience unless the subject is well known.
  • Or maybe a novel just waiting to reach the public.

Numerous details must be decided. The cover may need a design. Photographs and artwork might be included. Fonts or print type, as well as paper and binding, must be selected.

Most published books have an International Standard Book Number (ISBN) identifying the titles and editions. A fee is paid for this and for a bar code - both of which are necessary to sell a book at retail outlets.

Costs are determined by the number of pages, paper quality and weight, photos, format or size of the book, hard or soft cover, and number of copies. Publishing your own book can be a costly, but satisfying endeavor.

Why self-publish?

Time
Control
Ownership
Profit
Getting in print

(Bob Baker discusses these advantages)

One last decision is how to sell the books. Some possibilities might be in bookstores, on Amazon.com or ebay.com, to libraries, by direct mailings, at book signings and speaking engagements, through book reviews in newspapers and magazines, and at trade shows.

There has never been a better time to be a self-published author.  Imagine yourself as one, take this quiz, and then get started.

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff